Editorial -- By: Douglas Moo

Journal: Trinity Journal
Volume: TRINJ 15:2 (Fall 1994)
Article: Editorial
Author: Douglas Moo


Douglas Moo

Probably no fascicle in the history of Trinity Journal has covered so wide a range of people and issues in the history of the church. We move from the very earliest Christian apologists of the second century to the gospel critics of the twentieth—with stops along the way at the great theologian Augustine in the fifth, the philosopher Pascal in the seventeenth, and the fundamentalists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

In an age that emphasizes feelings rather than reason, the traditional “theistic proofs” have fallen on hard times. As Douglas Groothuis of Denver Seminary shows, however, Christian thinkers had problems with some of the proofs long before our own time. And by critiquing Pascal’s critique, Groothuis suggests that the proofs should not be too quickly removed from the arsenal of Christian apologetic weapons.

A. Craig Troxel, a Ph.D. candidate at Westminster Seminary, takes us to the heart of one of the greatest thinkers of the Christian church in his analysis of Augustine’s classic The Confessions. Widely read, this autobiographical reflection is no less widely misunderstood. Troxel helps us put this deeply personal account in proper perspective.

As John Fea notes, “fundamentalism” is a hot topic these days. The term appears regularly in the secular press, and seldom with a positive “spin.” But just what is a “fundamentalist?” When is the term appropriately applied? Many Christians are convinced that the secular media uses the term indiscriminately and inaccurately. And Fea, a graduate of TEDS and doctoral candidate at Drew University, suggests that some of the scholars have got it wrong also, by failing to note the changes that the fundamentalist movement has undergone in the last one hundred years.

As an evangelical doctoral student writing on the gospels in a major European university, I frequently had doubts about the academic integrity of my use of some of the major critical approaches. Barry Smith, from Atlantic Baptist College in Moncton, New Brunswick, gives eloquent expression to these doubts. His solution is a radical one, one that many evangelical gospel scholars will reject. But his argument certainly deserves to be heard.

Our last article takes us into the earliest stages of Christological reflection in the church. Before the great creeds had formalized the church’s concept of Christ and the appropriate language in which to express it, theologians struggled to conceptualize the biblical data about Christ. As Günther Juncker, an M.Div. student at TEDS shows, the title “angel” was an important vehicle for this early Christological reflec...

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